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Just a Thought – Down on the Pharma

Just a Thought – Down on the Pharma

As I left the Emergency Room, I was almost laughing - I had a prescription for my hypertension, another prescription to medicate the side effects of the first prescription, and a third prescription for everyone's favorite painkillers. Big Pharma overdoes it again. It wasn't that I suddenly got sick; it was that I realized I'd been sick for a long time, and I was now at the crisis point. I've [...]

Just a Thought – Going Into Labor

Just a Thought – Going Into Labor

Organized Labor is a good thing. Abuse of power is a bad thing. So, what should the response be when the good thing does the bad thing? It's Labor Day, for heaven's sake, and we should all be having a picnic and giving thanks for the wonderful life that was created by the people who worked so hard to get unions for workers. The eight hour day, the 40 hour week - they weren't gifts from [...]

Just a Thought – You Have Brains in Your Head, You Have Feet in Your Shoes

Just a Thought – You Have Brains in Your Head, You Have Feet in Your Shoes

Don't even touch those car keys. If you are getting your children to school on Monday morning, you have three options - walking, biking, or insanity. We love the new field, the solar panels, all the great things going on at the school complex. What we do not love is the traffic. It's always been bad. Monday morning it will be much worse. As we pretty much knew would happen, the end of the [...]

Just A Thought – What News? Patch Can’t Hold, CC News Axes Editor

Just A Thought – What News? Patch Can’t Hold, CC News Axes Editor

As the great Molly Ivins once advised "Never take a vacation in August." The news business might seem to be slow, but there's always at least one good story around. For Culver City, it's the news about the news business. Patch is just about over, and the Culver City News has fired another editor. While we need to remember that these are just the most recent symptoms, the cause of all the [...]

Just a Thought – Springboard

Just a Thought – Springboard

It's unprecedented to revisit an op-ed on this page, but it seems the moment has arrived when it's important to do so. When the people I expect to disagree with me disagree with me, I don't spend much time wondering why. When the people who generally agree with me agree with me, it's not news. When the people who I rely on to give me an accurate reflection tell me I'm way off, then it's [...]

Just a Thought – Swan Dive

Just a Thought – Swan Dive

While it will take a few months for him to hit the rocks - November to be precise - it seems that Karlo Silbiger has gone and done just what we pleaded with him not to do; Political suicide. Monday's School Board meeting saw an almost pointless exercise in power - hey look what I can do - to stop a popular bond measure from proceeding forward. But it has assured Karlo that his run for [...]

Just a Thought – Another Black Eye for Brotman, or the Final Blow ?

Just a Thought – Another Black Eye for Brotman, or the Final Blow ?

There was a flyer on my windshield when I came out of Pavilion's on Saturday - Missing ! Jose Muniz - Last Seen at Brotman Hospital- and I thought oh yeah, this is going to end badly. It has. Muniz's body was identified, according to City News Service, as the corpse in the water at Playa del Rey this morning. We all shake our heads and swear under our breath and say it again, "Brotman." How [...]

Just a Thought – Standing Up with UPCC

Just a Thought – Standing Up with UPCC

The United Parents of Culver City threw themselves a multi-purpose party on Sunday June 9. It was a combination of a first birthday, a fundraiser, a candidate launch and call for volunteers and a talent show. I have a huge weakness for talent shows, so I opted to break new ground for myself and do some stand-up comedy. Probably half the crowd had been at the AVPA's Java Gala the night before, [...]

Just A Thought – If You Want to Know 8887777

Just A Thought – If You Want to Know 8887777

There's been a fixture in the local news for many, many years, and a shift in the wind has caused it to end. The Police Blotter is over, and I say hurrah. If you want the crime info, it's time to go tech. CCPD is now using Nixle, (which is a service much like Twitter) and if you are interested in receiving messages from the Culver City Police Department, text CCPD to 888777. The rest of us get to [...]

Just a Thought – On Alert

Just a Thought – On Alert

I was at the gym when the news was first breaking - something about pipe bombs, Overland Avenue. One of the things I don't love about the gym is that there are televisions on all the time. People were feeling threatened that this was so close. A woman next to me exclaimed "Nowhere is safe!" Well, yes, I thought - or everywhere is safe. Just stop plugging into the bad news. It's a challenge [...]

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